Chieftains, Broncos show improvements at duals
FARMINGTON — The Shiprock wrestling team only got one team win during the Four Corners Duals at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock today, but it was an eye-opening experience for coach Ben Frazier and the Chieftains.
"We're coming along pretty good. They really hung in there better than I expected. I'm happy with most of our wrestlers' performance," Frazier said.
Shiprock's lone win on the day came against Newcomb. The Chiefs lost to 5A programs Kirtland Central, Grants and Miyamura, which won the meet.
Frazier said the day belonged to Zehpaniah Hadley, who went 3-1 on the day.
Frazier added Shiprock got a boost from Autumn-Sky Jim, who has been out dealing with an injury all season.
"This was her first time out. We finally got her back," Frazier said of Jim. "She's still out on her conditioning, but her wrestling is still good."
The Broncos finished second on the day, losing only to Miyamura.
KC coach JJ Sandoval said the Broncos wrestled flat from start to finish.
"Miyamura kind of put it on us. I think they beat us 48-26. We kind of wrestled flat all day," Sandoval said. "It wasn't our best performance, but we saw some good things."
Sandoval said even though the Broncos fell to Miyamura, the experience will be very beneficial for the Broncos when they see the Patriots at the District 1-5A individual tournament for state tourney qualification in a couple of weeks.
Cody Manuelito finished the day with an unblemished record for KC.
Sandoval added Myles Harvey and Cadyn Hartsfield had strong showings for the Broncos.
Shiprock will travel to Ignacio, Colo., for a tournament on Saturday.
KC will head to Las Vegas for the Cardinal Classic, hosted by Robertson High.
"One thing I love about the Robertson tournament is it's kind of like a mini state tournament at the 5A level. You get to see all the best talent in 5A," Sandoval said. "It gives us a good idea of where we stand. Hopefully, we can get a lot of wins because it will really help us out in seeding for the state tournament. It's a two-day grind, but it's some good wrestling."
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.